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Dec 18, 2018 - Galle

Sri Lanka's old port city of Galle has had a number of colonial rulers during its turbulent history including the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Much of its architecture reflects those periods and all were very interesting. A walk around the city Fort provided many great views over the old harbour and nearby neighbourhoods. A visit to the Maritime Archaeological Museum was enlightening with its large collection of artifacts and old maps connecting Sri Lanka with Middle Eastern and Asian trade routes. If our hotel was any closer to the...

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Jul 20, 2018 - 14 - 17 July Colombo - Hikkaduwa - Tissamahara

14 July 2018 Left Brisbane for Singapore, 6 hours in transit - pool, dinner and pool chair for a nap. Onto Colombo and slept v well on plane - Emirates so much more comfy than qantas Pool $17 SIN for towel and use of pool. Showers had body wash only. 15 July Singapore to Colombo Arrived in Colombo, sweated my way through immigration, finally found the luggage belt and out through customs. Found Dominic then off to the hotel for a shower and bed. Lis, Rich, James and Ella safely arrived and sleeping soundly so good to know they made the...

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Mar 17, 2018 - Mirissa to Koggala

Back on the road again today and visited the Old Galle Dutch Fortress. Galle Fort is the largest intact Dutch fortress in Asia. It became a world he heritage site in 1988 and amazingly suurvived the 2004 tsunami which left Galle town devastated. Galle fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world. It was started by the Portuguese in 1588, but it was under the Dutch, who captured Galle in 1640, that Galle Fort owes it's present shape. We spent some time wandering around the walls and through...

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May 5, 2016 - Unawatuna beach and Galle Fort

.Rudy dug up the uber-recommended CocoBay Resort on Tripadvisor and proposed that we spend our last two travel nights there. After some arm-twisting three rooms were booked and we hired a driver/van to take us directly there after our elephant safari. Great idea, Ruud! This place is an ideal resting-stop before heading on the long trip home (for Rudy & Biena to Holland and for Faye and me back to Vancouver, and for Adrian & Robin prior to embarking on true budget travel in India, Thailand and beyond). The beach here is spotless, with nice...

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May 5, 2016 - Vergane Hollands Glorie

Nu de reis zo’n beetje naar het einde loopt is het tijd om lekker te chillen. Daarom zijn we vandaag maar eens om half negen rustig gaan ontbijten zonder dat er ergens een chauffeur of gids op ons stond te wachten. Om een uur of half 11 zijn we naar Fort Galle gegaan met de Tuk Tuk op zoek naar vergane Hollands glorie. Het dorp Galle is ooit door de Nederlanders van de Portugezen afgepikt in de 17e eeuw. Heel even had de koning van Kandy het van de Nederlanders veroverd, maar dat werd met extra troepen snel recht gezet en hebben de...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Return to Colombo

We farewelled our Jetwing Lighthouse hotel, and set on the path to Colombo, where our trip all began. The coastal road north travelled through tsunami ravaged land. There are still lots of remnants of destroyed houses.. A memorial built to remember the 1270 people who perished on a train when the tsunami stuck, was a moving experience. So many people affected by this natural disaster. A boat trip on a Maduwa river, led up to a large lagoon. This lagoon was connected by numerous waterways. It is edged by mangroves and lush jungle., including...

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Oct 20, 2015 - SL PM!

One never knows who you mix with. This morning at breakfast, the newly appointed SL prime minister is in the dining room. As we swan around working out what to put on our plates, we see Mr Wickramrasingha doing same. We walk right passed him. He likes cheese- camembert I note! He resettles back at his table with four othermen. His minders are close to our table. He is well respected, and is approachable to many people. He meets an ? English sporting team, and also poses in a wedding photo with the bride and groom. He was in Galle to attend...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Orphan elephants, and tsunami country.

There are 40 elephants at this orphanage called the Elephant Transit Home. All orphaned for various reasons. Those that are injured are ferried by elephant ambulance to this orphanage. They are fed Lactogen milk with added calcium, three hourly via funnels connected to bottles, or for the little elephants, they do need the soother- a teat on a big bottle. The elephants gather in eagerness for the morning feed. First to feed is the two and a half year old elephant that has a prosthetic back leg. Its leg was blown off by a land mine. The...

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May 13, 2015 - Bentota- Galle

First up this morning is a boat trip to the mango swamps. Really hot out on the water but there's a canopy that is put up whenever we're not in the actual mango groves , or going under some very low bridges where we have to get our heads as low as the sides of the motor boat. There's fishing traps reaching out across the lagoon,& also many men fishing from boats. 2 black cormorants were perched on 1of the traps just waiting to swoop & dive for their supper. We stopped at Memorial to all those who died in the 2004 Tsunami, 45,000 of whom...

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May 12, 2015 - Ramboda Falls- Kithulgala - Bentota

8:30 start for a 5 hour drive to Bentota where we'll be staying 2 nights at the Centara Ceysands Resort. Each morning we save crusts of toast & other scraps of food & Tilak feeds them to different stray dogs along the way. These dogs are so skinny that you can see their rib cages. A German widow who visited Kandy many years ago noticed the situation. With the money her late husband left her , she started a refuge for stray dogs. It's great to see someone who identifies a problem & actually does something about it. We observed a novel way of...

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Jan 15, 2014 - Galle

Up for an 8.30 breakfast, although Kevin was out and wandering the streets much earlier than that. The Sri Lankans have no concept of allowing time between courses. Although the breakfast was again quite nice - a fruit plate and again the choice of eggs with some tomato and sausage, the second course was served virtually before the first plates were taken away. In Kevin's case, both courses were at his place before he even got to the table! We then went out for a wander of the fort area, although this was delayed because we couldn't get...

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Jan 14, 2014 - Whale watching and Galle

Up very early to meet Prasanna at 6 for whale watching. Sri Lanka is apparently the best place in the world to view the blue whale, the biggest creature ever to inhabit earth. We were on a fairly large boat, and after donning very dubious life jackets, went on the hunt. The number of boats out with us was amazing. Saw a couple of Bryde's whales, before moving to another area. Finally found 2 blue whales, which we followed for quite some time. They only surface for about 2 minutes in every 10 but we got to see their tails a number of times...

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